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So Bradley Wiggins has scooped the Sports Personality of the Year award for 2012 and we’re pretty darn chuffed for him. As we get ready to say goodbye to the year 2012, we look back on a tremendous year in UK cycling.
British athletes like Wiggins were a big hit around the world and made it trendy to be seen around the neighbourhood on two wheels again (we told you so). Let’s take a look at this year’s highlights and what could be next for cyclists in the UK…
Victory Rides: 2012 Tour de France and London Olympics
To make a long story short, British cyclists really crushed the competition this year. Golden boy Bradley Wiggins started the summer off right by pedalling this way to a first-place finish in the Tour de France on July 22, the first-ever Brit to achieve this distinction. Just a few weeks, his unprecedented success continued as he took the Olympic gold for the men’s Individual Time Trial.
Of course, Wiggins wasn’t the only star of British cycling this year. Sir Chris Hoy became a decorated eleven-time world champion, and set a new world record in the velodrome along with teammates Jason Kenny and Phillip Hindes in the team sprint at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Laura Trott was another standout in British cycling, winning each the UCI team pursuit and World Championships Women’s Omnium for the second time this year, and setting a new world record in team pursuit alongside teammates Dani King and Joanna Rowsell at the 2012 London Games.
The Wiggins Effect
After “a summer like no other” in UK competitive cycling, the public went mad for the sport, taking to the pavement and the sidewalks like never before. A recent survey from Active People showed that approximately 200,000 people who did not cycle last year are doing so at least once a week, and British Cycling’s chief executive, Ian Drake, quoted that in total, a record two million people—both experienced cyclists and newbies—are cycling once a week. Only time will tell whether or not the new trend will stick, but with the health and environmental benefits cycling offers, Brits just might find themselves taking to the sport the way the Dutch do.
The historic year in cycling hasn’t been without its obstacles though. One of the biggest shocks came just last month, when Wiggins was hit by a car while training near his home one day in early November. The high profile nature of Wiggins’ case called the media’s attention to common problems and perils for UK cyclists: dangerous road junctions and poor planning of cycle links and cycle routes.
The good news is that it looks like all the media attention will bring change: the DfT recently announced that it plans to allocate an additional £20 million to improve cycling infrastructure on UK roadways. In the meantime, be extra cautious when you’re biking on shared roadways: always wear a helmet, abide by normal traffic laws, and be aware of what is happening around you. In the event of an accident, contact road accident solicitors to review and represent your case.
Sarah Henderson has written many articles on road safety and has attended meetings on the safety of asphalt, by improving the safety of the actual road surface you are cutting down on the amount of traffic accidents. Things can be done such as adding more grip to the road surface and also better drainage so the chances of sliding are reduced.
Here comes the science bit…
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